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FIX THE SYSTEM - THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE!

We are trying to save a few drops at the faucet when there are massive leaks (waste, mismanagement, incompetence, abuse) and theft (fraud) at the pumps and pipes. When revenue is drying up, we need to be thinking of a TRILLION not a measley million. I recommended the following actions last year, please be serious this time. - Install a strong and effective internal control system. Without it, any business will fail, ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Verifiable Paper Ballots

Stop encouraging state or local governments to spend money on totally electronic voting systems, which provide no verification to the people that their votes were correctly counted. Return to plain paper ballots marked with ink, and counted by hand, like they use in Canada and Germany.

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Department of Education

Denying Federal Benefits to Actively Wanted Felons

The Departments of Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Social Security have programs which deny benefits to persons who are wanted in other jurisdictions in local, state and federal databases for felony crimes. These absconders from justice may use the benefits they receive to further their escape from facing justice and also should not be entitled to tax payer funds until their obligations have been satisfied, this could ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Enhance and incentivize identification of Medicare fraud

Periodically send each Medicare / Medicaid recipient a listing of common characteristics of fraudulent providers (e.g. billing for services not actually provided, listing medications and equipment not actually provided, etc.) and provide advice on how to report the fraud. Add the incentive of up to $50,000 tax-free reward tailored to the magnitude of fraud that they report which is validated upon investigation. Implement ...more »

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Department of Defense

Open Communication

I suggest that we allow government agencies to share certain information. Just like hospitals will have online records that will enable them to share information, the government should be able to do the same. If the Social Security Administration has a fraud case, it would make sense that other departments would know to be on the lookout. If someone passes away and the VA sees a death certificate, it would make sense ...more »

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Open Communication

I suggest that we allow government agencies to share certain information. Just like hospitals will have online records that will enable them to share information, the government should be able to do the same. If the Social Security Administration has a fraud case, it would make sense that other departments would know to be on the lookout. If someone passes away and the VA sees a death certificate, it would make sense ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Tricare Billing Fraud

Create Tricare Whistle Blower Hotline. Tricare refuses to pursue false claims for charges filed by service providers. Tricare blindly paying service provider claims without verifying that treatment and services were actually rendered to service members. I found out a service provider claimed and got paid by Tricare for repeated treatments that did not occur. Found out by accident. When brought to Tricare's attention, ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Deny Fraudulent Disability Applicants

Once a disability applicant is caught in fraud, after his/her case is denied, that person can still apply for benefits over and over again. Many do just that. Therefore, there should be the option of withholding the ability to re-apply for a period of time after fraud is discovered. For example, no matter what injury the person may incur, s/he cannot apply for benefits for three years. This would save a tremendous amount ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Attempt Disability fraud? Pay a fine.

Social Security Disability typically does nothing to applicants caught in fraud beyond denying their disability claim or stopping their check. Criminal prosecution is an option, albeit a difficult one due to court costs and crowded prisons. A more cost-efficient and reasonable option for fraud prosecution would be to impose penalties similar to a traffic ticket. $300 seems reasonable. This would likely deter further fraudulent ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Combating fraud, saving billions

I suggest you expand CDI programs throughout the country. It has been well demonstrated that the CDI units combined have saved more than one billion dollars thus far by uncovering fraudulent Social Security Disability claims. An initial investment to provide each state with at least one CDI unit and a trial of further expanding the program into satellite offices would provide worthy returns in a cost-benefit analysis. ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Develop relationship between fraud departments of federal agencies

I suggest strengthening the relationship between fraud departments across federal agencies. For example, Social Security offices often encounter illegal aliens coming into the office to conduct business with SSA. SSA can issue denial notices for benefits, social security cards, etc. and are instructed to refer the individual to OIG. However, OIG does not have the resources to take action. In my experience, it seems ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Eliminate Beneficiary Travel

I suggest you... Eliminate the Beneficiary Travel program. This is a Secretary's discretionary benefit, not a codified one, making it easier to change. No other health provider (DOD, IHS, Tricare, Medicare) pays patients to drive to their appt. This program is inequitible and ripe for fraud/waste/abuse. New CBOCs make primary care available close to home. This is a huge cost as the agency attempts to keep pace with ...more »

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